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Let’s Talk about Maternal Mortality in the United States and Beyond

If you were to take a look at all of American history, you would ultimately be confronted by the fact that women have been a pillar to societal functions. Though some historical recordings paint women as background characters in all of the biggest stories, there is a very clear message: the country could not have functioned without the support of women.

Take World War II for example: while thousands of men were away serving in the military, women took on all of the labor-intensive jobs that often led to the production of necessities. When one thinks of World War II, the imperative work of women is often overlooked. Even when looking at more recent times, take single parent households as an example of the importance of women. The U.S. Census Bureau recorded around 10.7 million single parent families, and 80.5% of these are headed by single mothers. Even on a more global scale, similar statistics exist. The UN reported more than 100 million mothers raising their children alone. In retrospect, we should be actively working to bring more light to conversations revolving around women.

Another thing regarding women that is often overlooked and deserves more attention is maternal mortality across the country and as a global concern. This issue is one that actively harms women, the group that essentially upholds the nation. Women are always thought of as home-makers and the pillar of households, but how can they be expected to perform these roles when such great risks exist around them?

What is maternal mortality?

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